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Author Topic: Sounds Like the 1920s and 1930s  (Read 566 times)
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« on: September 30, 2016, 11:45:40 pm »

Sounds to me like a lot of SP music sounds like 1920s and 1930s American music.

Aside from that, I hear what sounds like late 1980s, early 1990s New Age Folk or Indie Folk. 

Lindsey Sterling, great by the way, is the exception, if we're claiming her as SP.


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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2016, 11:58:20 pm »

And They Might Be Giants. Steam Powered Giraffe and Voltaire sound like TMBG.
Rogue Ætherlord
Canada Canada

Student in Techno-Shamanism and Lyncanthrope

« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2016, 12:37:46 am »

Yes, must steampunk bands sound more diesel than steam.

Traditional, vaudeville, burlesque and ragtime should be used more. Blues is fair game too, as it is a 19th century invention (even with saxophone, a another steam age invention). IMHO, Celtic Woman, Alestorm and Dropkick Murphy are way steamier than Dr Steel.

Someone once commented than this issue may originate of the fact we are more familliar with 20th century music than the one of the 19th century.

There those who play cabaret and classical (like Lindsey Sterling than you have mentioned), who are more period friendly, thought.

Also, don't be so harsh on new age, the pieces you talking have a very steamy sens of whimsy. Cirque Du Soleil's Alegria for instance is absoluptely steamy.

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Zeppelin Captain

« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2016, 05:34:23 am »

Someone took the vocal track of an Eminem recording and laid it over a ragtime piano piece. It worked perfectly, and I think that it's a great example of what steampunk music could be.

Another example:

About a century ago, an massive electromechanical keyboard instrument was built in New York City. The tones were produced by electric contacts brushing against the teeth of spinning gears, the same way that the buzzing sound for early radio telegraph transmitters was produced. The machine had hundreds of gears to produce hundreds of tones, which, like a pipe organ, were combined together to produce rich harmonic tones.

The output of this massive electromechanical was sent out through telephone lines to the homes of paying customers in the first subscription cable entertainment service, but there were problems with electromagnetic induction to adjacent voice-carrying lines and phone users complained of unwanted musical crosstalk.

Use of the organ was discontinued, and it sat in its building, forgotten and neglected, for decades until, tragically, it was scrapped in the 1960s.

If any sound recordings of this organ still exist, I hereby nominate them into the steampunk music hall of fame.
Hurricane Annie
Zeppelin Captain
New Zealand New Zealand

« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2016, 02:08:00 pm »


I wold like to hear maybe a more  carnival or burlesque  sound  added to the stem   diesel repertoire 
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